I would like to send warm wishes to Eddie and Hannah on their wedding day! As of this afternoon they are officially husband and wife. The couple were married in an intimate candlelight ceremony at Babington House in Somerset, England. Their rep said that “They celebrated with a small number of close family and friends.” I hope that they had a wonderful day with those closest to them!
I have added a bunch of images of Eddie from the filming of his new film The Theory of Everything.
The Telegraph gives us this wonderful new article about the making of The Theory of Everything.
They made an extraordinary couple. The astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, one of the most fascinating men of our time, a genius whose startling theories about black holes and relativity made him a worldwide celebrity, along with his personal circumstances: being confined to a wheelchair, having lost almost all his bodily functions while his great brain remains active and alert. And his wife Jane (née Wilde), who steadfastly looked after his immense physical needs and raised a family, experiencing the stress and exhaustion of being a devoted carer while his fame grew apace; she lived with him for 25 years before they finally parted.
None of this seems obvious material for a film that is profoundly romantic. Yet The Theory of Everything, based on Jane’s memoir of her life with Hawking, is precisely that. It is also surprisingly moving. Eric Fellner, a co-chairman of Working Title, the British company that produced it, describes it fondly as ‘a giant weepie’. And even in jest, he has a point.
The film’s story traces their relationship from the time they met as Cambridge students; Hawking (played by Eddie Redmayne) is reading science, Jane (Felicity Jones) arts. A cosmologist, he has resolved to find ‘a simple, eloquent explanation’ for the universe. They fall in love; there’s a giddy scene at a sumptuous May Ball where they dance beneath the stars. But then, aged 21, he is diagnosed with ALS, a form of motor neurone disease, and given two years to live.
Successive scenes chart his horrifying decline: spilling things, falling over frequently, walking with sticks, becoming wheelchair-bound, and relying on a voice synthesiser to communicate. But crucially, Jane’s tireless support and care allow him to continue exploring theoretical physics, breaking new ground and becoming globally famous.
‘Getting Stephen’s changing physicality right was very hard,’ Redmayne, 32, recalls. ‘But managing the fear and responsibility of playing him and doing justice to him was tough too.’
The film opened in the US last month to strong reviews. Bookies are already suggesting the British actors in both leading roles can anticipate a trip to the Oscars: Redmayne has a real chance of bringing home a statuette for his virtuoso performance as Hawking, while Felicity Jones, 31, is among the front-runners for best actress. A best picture nomination is on the cards too.
It is an unlikely success story, and a coup for its director James Marsh, himself a surprising presence behind the cameras. Although he has made a couple of features, including the IRA thriller Shadow Dancer in 2012, Marsh is best known as one of Britain’s most accomplished makers of documentary films: he won an Oscar for the stylish Man on Wire (2008), which traced the exploits of the high-wire walker Philippe Petit – and followed it with another documentary, the absorbing Project Nim (2011), about a chimpanzee raised as a human by a New York family. The Theory of Everything represents quite a departure from his usual territory.
‘I’ve surprised myself,’ Marsh says. ‘When I was sent the script I was assuming it was a biography of Stephen Hawking, and I thought I was the wrong person to do it. I felt a documentary was the right way to go, but one had already been done. But it wasn’t a biography at all. It’s a portrait of the relationship between Stephen and Jane. It was her perspective and her strong female voice that drew me to the film. It felt different. I was surprised by how much I liked it, and its focus. Of course, they had all kinds of obstacles and difficult circumstances I haven’t experienced. But at the same time I felt: can you do a grown-up story about a marriage? Which is an unusual thing.’
He is telling me this in the cosy lounge of a hotel in New York on Thanksgiving Day. To escape from the media frenzy and relentless schedules of awards season, Marsh decided to throw himself into work, and has just finished directing an episode of a new TV crime series for HBO (helpfully titled Crime), starring Riz Ahmed and John Turturro.
It is not only his cv that makes Marsh a less than obvious director to tackle such an emotional story head-on. Self-contained and confident, he is a fast talker, articulate and analytical about filmmaking. At one stage he admits, ‘I can be prickly and difficult on set.’
Redmayne recognised Marsh’s documentary roots in the way he directed his actors. ‘To convey time passing, he’d shoot 10 or 15 minutes of documentary-style footage, with Felicity and me improvising. That idea of trying to capture the minutiae of those lives was important. So he would allow us the freedom to play. Yet his documentary background also meant he has a forensic eye for detail. He’d see what my hand was doing, what my feet were doing, and capture that.’
I tell Marsh he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who might get teary about a film. He protests mildly – ‘I find films incredibly emotional. That’s the power of the medium’ – and he cites a handful of titles, including, unexpectedly, Brief Encounter. ‘I actually watched it before I made The Theory of Everything,’ he says. ‘It’s dated in some ways, but it affected me a lot. So yes, I get emotional about films, but I’ve often shied away from it in my own work. I tend to feel more confident with negative emotions: dread, fear and anxiety in particular. It has been nice to work with a different emotional palette.’
He has certainly done that. Hawking has an apparently simple line in The Theory of Everything – ‘Look at what we made’ – which is both perfectly placed and heartbreaking. And there’s a brilliant sequence in which time reverses itself, and Hawking and Jane go back towards a healthier, happier past. ‘It was a bold thing to do,’ Marsh says, ‘all to do with black holes and what happens to time – but also giving these characters back what had been taken away from them.’
It is no secret that the Hawkings’ separation, and Stephen’s subsequent marriage to his nurse, Elaine Mason, involved anger and bitterness. (Hawking and Jane are on more amicable terms now.) There is a love triangle in the film, with the appearance of kindly Jonathan Jones (Charlie Cox), a church organist whom Jane met while singing in the choir. He offered to help the Hawkings with their domestic chores, and Stephen, reluctantly at first, came to accept him. But Jane and Jonathan gradually fell in love and later married.
Marsh feels this sequence is crucial. ‘When I read the script, this was the part that made me want to do it. I felt this was an unusual triangle of people with the best intentions. The hurt wasn’t malicious. It was just because of the situation. My idea was that Stephen had to like and connect with Jonathan first, so the audience understands each character has their reasons here. Without that, I don’t think the film would have worked.’
Congratulations to Eddie for his nomination for a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor!
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (5)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne
3. Best Actress – Felicity Jones
4. Best Adapted Screenplay – Anthony McCarten
5. Best Score – Johann Johannson
There is a feature on the filming of The Theory of Everything in the December 21st issue of The Hollywood Reporter and thanks to Luciana we now have scans in the gallery!
Another new photoshoot … this time it is from a feature Eddie did for Mr. Porter Post.
Thanks to Helen for sharing these with us! (don’t I have awesome friends!?!?!?)
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Recently Eddie & Felicity did a photoshoot for the Los Angeles Times … the images are now in the gallery!
Thanks to Carol for sharing these with us!
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As soon as Eddie Redmayne found out he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in The Theory of Everything, he immediately told his fiancé, Hannah Bagshawe.
The actor, who also received a SAG nomination Wednesday, was attempting to do his Christmas shopping on a cold, dark day in London when he received the phone call.
“It’s the most wonderful thing,” Redmayne tells PEOPLE Now of his best actor in a drama nomination. “When we first started working on this film … we all felt such a sense of privilege, but also a great sense of responsibility because we were depicting these extraordinary people.”
There seems to be a British invasion with this year’s nominees – Benedict Cumberbatch and Felicity Jones also received Golden Globes nominations. (Jones for her work in The Theory of Everything.)
“My British actor pals, we all dreamed when we were younger of working in American film, it’s where the legacy and the history of the film industry is, and over the past 10 or 12 years, once a year, I spend a few months in Hollywood,” Redmayne says. “You’re living in another world, but the fact that you occasionally get to work there is a proper dream.”
Redmayne says he’s thrilled that audiences are loving the film, for which he had to train himself physically to be more like Stephen Hawking.
“It shows that the people seem to be responding to it,” Redmayne says. “As an actor, if you’re lucky enough to tell interesting stories about interesting people, then that’s a dream. But when they touch a nerve or connect people, that’s even better, so it does feel like an extraordinary thing. I’m just really happy right now.”
Thanks to my friend Carol we have scans of Eddie’s feature in the December issue of Gotham magazine!
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Another nomination for Eddie! Congrats on his nomination for a Golden Globe Award!
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Motion Picture, Drama
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”